Have you been thinking about retirement? Are you wondering where you'd like to retire? I'm staying busy as a real estate agent and loving it, but ever so often I do find my mind wandering to think about all the various places in the U.S. that I've enjoyed living at or visiting. It is in these moments that I wonder where else I might like to settle down someday. While daydreaming about that this week, I came up with some fun ideas for 10 of the best places to retire in the United States. Here are the first 5. What do you think about them?
10. Virginia Beach, Virginia - We lived near Virginia Beach for several years and really enjoyed our time there. The beach is gorgeous! The weather was fun. And there is plenty to do in each direction. Not to mention the fact that there are some delicious places to eat at including some of my favorites like Panera Bread and P.F. Changs. My senior mom and I really enjoyed meandering around the quaint little stores that are close to the beach itself. It's also close to North Carolina beaches, as well as historical sightseeing opportunities in Yorktown and Williamsburg.
9. Louisville, Kentucky - Louisville and its surrounding neighbors - including our favorites, Elizabethtown and Radcliff - are full of warm-hearted people. We resided in Elizabethtown for several years and got to enjoy the pleasures and benefits of living in a small town in the country. But what fun when we could go into the big city of Louisville and visit a variety of interesting places including the Louisville slugger museum, drive along the Ohio River, shop at the grand malls (my senior mom's favorite), and find new and intriguing places to eat. So many interesting things to see and do there, but you still have the country right next door.
8. Nashville, Tennessee - If you're into country music, country vistas or just plain nice folks, Nashville is a lovely place to visit and to live. I've visited there several times and always enjoyed the people, the scenery, and the interesting things and places to explore. It's truly a beautiful area and has an airport right there to whisk you off for travel or bring friends and relatives to visit.
7. Miami, Florida - I love the beach, you've probably already guessed that since several of these locales are in or near beach cities. More importantly for me, I have friends who live near Miami and my grandkids have visited the area and will again. All of that put together makes this part of the country a top contender for this particular dream list. Especially on those days when the thermometer tells me it's close to freezing outside. I could really appreciate Florida's average winter temperature of about 76 on those days.
6. Yuma, Arizona - My sweet mother-in-law lived in Yuma, Arizona for years and loved it! She really enjoyed the warm weather that was NOT accompanied by humidity, making it a great fit for her. In the winter, the temperature can range from 46-70. Summer can have some triple digit temperatures but it never bothered her. She made good use of her air conditioning and relished the clean air and the good friends nearby.
Come back tomorrow to see my top 5 places I dream about retiring to! You might just be surprised what I pick as my number one.
Written by senior living writer Kaye Swain